Implement Forest rights Act in J&K: Zulfkar

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By FK WEB DESK on 21/06/2019.

Implement Forest rights Act in J&K: Zulfkar

Demand GDC for Peeri, raises constituency issues with CS

Srinagar, June 21: Pressing strongly to implement Forest Rights Acts in J&K State, Former Minister & Political Affairs Committee Member of Peoples Democratic Party Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali met B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary, Jammu & Kashmir State and raised various issues pertaining to tribal community and Darhal Budhal Assembly Constituency.

Presenting a memorandum of demands to Chief Secretary, Zulfkar raised the issue of implementation of the Schedule Tribe and other traditional forest dwellers act of 2006 (Act No. 2 of 2007) in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. He said that He said that the Act will address the issue of historical injustice towards the tribals by providing various kinds of rights to the tribals in the state. He added that the Act provides ownership and access rights to forest dwellers and gives them a right to live in forests with freedom to carry out their traditional occupations for livelihood; the rights of ownership, access to collect, use and dispose of Minor Forest Produce (MSP); conservation and management of forest resources; and the right of access to biodiversity and community rights.

He termed this act beneficial for both state and tribals. He said that Forest Rights Act, ensures both rights to the tribals and conservation and management of forest resources.

The Former Minister also pressed for implementing National Tribal Policy in the State of J&K and implementation of SC/ST Atrocities Act. He said that social foundation of India has mainly three components – tribal settlements, villages and towns and it is difficult to draw sharp distinction amongst them because they share some common characteristics. He added that one thing appears to be true that the tribes have been exploited economically and socially by the non tribals living in tribal area. He said that there are tribes who have remained outside the schedule list of constitution and they are backward particularly in the fields of education and economy and have been exploited by the dominant sections of Indian society such as landlords, money-lenders and industrialists who have grabbed their lands by various means.

Demanding construction of all Eklavya Model Residential Schools, Former Minister said that 8 schools were  sanctioned by the Ministry of Tribal affairs to Jammu and Kashmir  but only two are under construction.  He said that Eklavya Model Residential Schools is Central government concept for providing quality education to the Scheduled Tribes (STs) of all tehsils and districts of all states, where their population exceeds 50 per cent and is above 20,000.

He said that as per his information, two residential schools in Kulgam and Bandipora districts have been established by the state tribal affairs department but remaining are still to be constructed.

He said that as per the Budget 2018-19, every block with more than 50 per cent ST population and at least 20,000 tribal people will have Eklavya Model Residential School by 2022. He demanded immediate completion of all the Schools.

Demanding establishment of Degree College at Peeri in District Rajouri, Zulfkar said that Peeri is a vast geographical area with a population of 59000 souls and about 30 kilometres from the nearest Degree College. He said that the area is having tough terrain, Mountainous, Rivers and poor road connectivity. He projected that ten (10) Higher Secondary Schools are located adjacent to this place and economic condition of the people in this area is also very poor due to which the parents do not afford to send their ward to the far off places for higher education and most of the students particularly the female students in the area dis-continues their studies after 10+2. He demanded immediate opening of Degree College in Peeri.

Former Minister also raised various constituency issues with the Chief Secretary. He has expressed resentment over slow  pace on the projects viz Koteranka Khawaas Road. 76 Crore Project (CRF Road), Kewal Gotu Targain Road. 15 Crore Project (CRF Road), Marassi Morh Bagyal Kote – Hubbi Gala. 15 Crore Project (CRF Road), Kha Kharian Road 12 Km. 18 Crore Project (CRF Road), Swari Sagra Sehri Road (NABARD), ANS Irrigation project (State Sector/ AIBP), ANS Water Supply Scheme (AIBP), Budhal Shopian Road Project (DPR not finalised), Eco Tourism Park at Patli Qila, Amusement Park at Koteranka, Shakermarg Tourism Projects, Jamola Kha Road (NABARD), Mini Secretariat Darhal (Tehsil Office), Ujjhan Bridge & Macmadization of Road Projects in the constituency.

He also raised the issue of shortage of Doctors and Para Medical Staff in the Constituency, shortage of Ambulances, Shortage of Teaching Staff in Schools. He said that I.T.I. Koteranka  was approved in 2017-18, but yet it has not been made functional.